How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Learn The Secret Here!
I always explain to parents that the best way to make sure that their children’s shoes fit is to take their kids to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store that they trust. The issue is that most children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and chances are that if you are reading this article you don’t have a store in your area. I get contacted by several families who don’t have a local shoe store and seem to have one question in common: How can I make sure my kids’ shoes fit?
Most Common Mistakes Parents Make
The most common mistake I see parents make when buying shoes for their children is focusing too much on the amount of space that their kids will have to grow into their shoes. Once I am done fitting a child in a pair of shoes parents tend to immediately ask: “Is there enough room for my child to grow into the shoes?”
I always explain to them how I left the appropriate amount of growing room, which is 3/8 of an inch between the child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. If I happen to go any longer, I might end up compromising the child’s stability and make him/her more prone to falling.
Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how much length space you leave for your child to grow into the shoes, if you fail to provide your child with the correct shoe width (narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide), your child might end up outgrowing the width of the shoes faster than the length. This means that you will end up having to replace the shoes even if there is still space in the front of the shoes.
How Can I Make Sure My Kids’ Shoes Fit? – Follow These 3 Simple Steps
Making sure that your children’s shoes fit requires awareness of your child’s foot growth and multiple trips to your kids’ shoe store, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
I have helped several parents realize that they should have gone to the store much earlier. They often end up feeling so bad about cramping their kids’ toes in the shoes.
If you don’t have a local children’s shoe store that you trust, you should follow the guidelines below to make sure your kids’ shoes are fitting properly:
1️⃣ Make sure that your child stands up straight and check if there is enough wiggle/growing room in the front of the shoes (you should allow approximately 3/8 of an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe). You can remove the inner sole of the shoe and have your child stand on them to be able to visualize the amount of growing room better.
2️⃣ Check whether the width of the shoe is fitting correctly. Check the widest part of the foot, and make sure the small toe or the pinky toe is not being pressed against the side of the shoe. If the shoes are too narrow for your kids’ feet, you will notice a bump right around this area of the shoe.
3️⃣ Make sure there is no extra space around the heels. You can check this by sliding your finger around the heel, if you feel like you can fit one or two fingers around the heel area it means that the shoes are too wide. You don’t want your child’s shoes moving up and down since this can lead to blisters, calluses, or corns.
If you check all three steps and everything looks good, your child is all set up! This will guarantee that your kids’ shoes fit.
Now that you know how shoes are supposed to fit, you should have the peace of mind that the shoes your child is wearing are the correct size. Remember that children impose an enormous amount of stress not only on their feet, but their legs also. Some children live more active lifestyles than adults do!
Children should always outgrow their shoes before they destroy them. If you want to get a better idea of how fast do children’s feet grow based on their age, I wrote a post about how long should shoes last for children.
Are You Having a Hard Time Finding Shoes for Your Child?
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Do you have a good-fitting children’s shoe store in your area that you trust? Please let us know in the comments section below since other parents might benefit from your input.